My Morning Routine, feat. Cottonelle


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Let's be real: mornings are terrible, especially when they're on a Monday. While I prefer waking up early over staying out late, I am still dragging my feet first thing in the morning. Having a set morning routine helps me get through my mornings in one piece, and when I don't have my morning routine, I know my day is going to be awful. And since I've been traveling so much lately, I've gotta say... I really appreciate the amenities in my own bathroom, like Cottonelle.

Joining the Naked 3 Bandwagon


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After about a year of hearing the hype, I finally caved and ordered the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Sigh. I have no backbone when it comes to Urban Decay. Perhaps it's because of the serious midweek slump I'm dealing with this morning, but I just can't ogling over this palette. It's so pretty! And it is totally different from the first two palettes. I literally just got this palette yesterday, and I've already spent a good portion of my time dreaming up gorgeous looks with this palette. You know how rose gold is kiiiinda the "it" color of the year? Well to stay on trend, definitely look into this palette. I know it's been super hyped up, but so far, I'm pretty damn impressed. I've got a super gorgeous rose gold tutorial planned in the upcoming weeks, so consider this post your official teaser. And get naked, for the third time.

What's your go-to palette recently?

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The 10 Bright Lipstick Commandments


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I don't know if it's because I've become increasingly more lazy in regards to my makeup routine, or if I really just have a thing for bright lipstick, but I have been using up my bright lipsticks like it's nobody's business. Wearing bright lipstick is, in my mind, a super simple and effective way to pull a look together, but I still see a lot of people with lipstick sloppily applied to the general lip area, and decided to compile a list of tips and tricks for those of you who want to wear bright lipstick.
  1. If you want your lipstick to last longer than usual, use lip liner. And please, no chola lip liner. I'm talking about using a neutral lip liner or a lip liner that's the same shade as your lipstick!
  2. For precise application, use a lip brush! Nothing cuter than a haphazardly applied lipstick. Kidding.
  3. Keep in mind that blue-based bright lipsticks (such as MAC Russian Red) will make you teeth look whiter. Other ones, like Barbie pink shades, will make your teeth look more yellow. Plan accordingly.
  4. To really make your bright lips pop, use concealer to trace around your lip line to make sure you have the sharpest edges possible.
  5. When trying on clothes at a clothing store while wearing bright lipstick, be verrrrry careful not to get your lipstick on the clothes you are trying on. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the sales people ~generally~ don't like finding red lipstick smudges on white clothing.
  6. If you're going to wear lipstick, shave yo' mustache because the bright lipstick is only going to draw attention to the fuzz on your upper lip. Unless that's the look you're going for. Then you do you, mami!
  7. Wearing bright lipstick to Disney is going to be a lot of maintenance. Trust me on this one, and come prepared.
  8. Dark & intense eye makeup + bold & bright lipstick + daytime errands= lots of stares and the occasional crying baby. Balance things out: opt for dark eye makeup OR bright lipstick. I generally don't like doing both at the same time because, well, it's too much. 
  9. Lip balm will be your best friend. Chapped lips and bright lipstick are NOT a good look.
  10. And most importantly, have fun with your lipstick. I like to think of bright lipstick as my superpower, and that I am unstoppable when wearing it. Girl power!
Any other tips and tricks for wearing bright lipstick that you've come across?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 23


Happy Sunday! I am finally back home from California and don't have any more trips planned until September, which means I finally have time to spend some quality time with Mr. Macbook and get down to some blogging! With that in mind, here's what you missed this past week on Brikasia.

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This version of "La Vie En Rose" has been stuck in my head all weekend. Perhaps because I'm still on a Disney high since coming back from Disneyland in California (as this song is also featured in Wall-E)... Who knows. This song is just dreamy. I need a glass of red wine and a sparkly flapper dress now!

What's In My Makeup Bag?


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Perhaps it's the nosy and curious little girl in me, but I absolutely love seeing "What's In My Makeup Bag?" blog posts because I'm always curious to see what people carry around with them on a daily basis. Since I tend to be out and about for extended periods of times, I like to make sure I have the necessary products to touch up when need be. I always bring along my favorite makeup bag (which you can learn to DIY here) to keep everything neatly in one place.

So what exactly is in my makeup bag? Well I would be nothing without my handy dandy oil blotting sheets and MUFE face powder. I keep my tweezers with me too because it's actually surprising how useful these things are- and I always bring my emery board in case of a nail emergency. Bringing my new favorite Kevyn Aucoin cream blush with me helps when I'm looking too pale, and my new favorite Anastasia Brow Wiz for when I get too careless about wiping the dreaded Florida sweat off my brow area. And I always bring my holy grail NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is the best, most full-coverage concealer in the land. And I've been on a neutral lip kick lately, so I always have this Bite Beauty lipstick in Fig with me, and my favorite lip balm for when my lips get too chapped.

So now that you know what's inside my makeup bag, what's inside yours?

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In A California State of Mind


Last week, I ventured out to the West Coast for the first time in my life, and basically never wanted to leave. Although I will always be an East Coast girl at heart, there was just something about the West Coast that I completely fell in love with. When I flew in last Wednesday, my friends and I went straight to Santa Monica so we could see the Pacific Ocean and do some shopping. The rest of our time there was spent in Anaheim at Disneyland. And for all of you naysayers who think that it's the same thing as Disney World... It's not. I'm a HUGE Disney fanatic, so going to Disneyland was basically a dream come true, and I couldn't help but marvel at how different and great Disneyland was.

All that being said, here are some things I noticed about California:
  • The weather is insanely perfect in the summer. I kept hearing people complaining about the heat (it was in the low 80s), and I wanted to slap each and every one of them. In the mornings I was freezing my bum off and had to wear a sweater, and even at the hottest part of the day, I was fine. There was no humidity! My hair didn't know what to do with itself.
  • Wearing a romper to Disneyland is always a terrible idea. Seriously, no one really talks about how annoying it is to use the bathroom when wearing a romper. It was like a fifteen minute process.
  • I kind of feel like all the girls in California dress the same. Musical festival style is an everyday thing for these Cali girls, and how the hell are they all so skinny?!
  • Oh, that's right. There's a freaking organic pressed juice bar on every street corner.
  • "The Californians" sketch from SNL is incredibly accurate.
  • The traffic is TERRIBLE. Like at any time of the day. Even 6 am.
  • Lip gloss is very popular based on my observations of women in Santa Monica and Anaheim. The glossier and stickier, the better.
  • Everyone has a perma-tan, and I couldn't be more jealous.
  • The smog and haze in Los Angeles is ridiculous. You could only faintly see the mountains in the distance, if at all.
  • The food in Disneyland is SO much fresher than the food in Disney World. And the prices are lower! HOW?!
  • In N Out lives up to the hype. Everything animal style, all day every day. NOM.
  • World of Color at California Adventure is everything. Except don't let them tell you that the "priority seating" area is the best area to view the show because 1) you're way too close, 2) you will get wet, and 3) your eyebrow hairs might get singed off from the flames.
  • Also, Lance Bass has blue hair, and I literally bumped into him at the Santa Monica pier on accident. Fun times!
 I truly wish I could have stayed in the Los Angeles area longer so I could do more thrifting (Wasteland in Santa Monica was DA BOMB) and hopefully run into a Real Housewife or another boy bander. Oh well, there's always next year! Or maybe I'll just move there? I don't know. But it was also very inspiring. I can totally see why so many creatives live in LA!
Any other things you've noticed about California or the West Coast in general? And, if you had to choose: West Coast or East Coast? Los Angeles or New York? Let the great debate begin!

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 22


Happy Sunday! This whole weekend I've been frolicking through Disneyland in California, so my Internet presence has probably been at a minimum. My b! I fly back home tonight, and although I'm writing this weekend wrap up on a Tuesday, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I had a pretty damn good time. I hope! Anyway, here's what ya missed!

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Because I'm on a complete Brazilian kick (probably because of my new obsession with the World Cup), here's a classic samba jam by Sergio Mendes... "Mas Que Nada".


How has your weekend been? Have you been watching the World Cup too? Let's chat!

Surf Goddess Makeup Tutorial: A Day to Night Look


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It's summertime, which means bronzed beauties are in abundance. If you're like me, you become more of a "lobster-hued beauty" in the summer, which is definitely no bueno for the skin. So, instead of trying your hardest to get that Beyonce-esque glow by worshiping the sun in your off-time, STOP! There's a lil' thing called "makeup" and it can do wonders to achieving that gorgeous glow you yearn for. And as a little bonus, I show you how to transition this "surf goddess" look into the night time, with minimal products needed! Full tutorial is after the jump.

Oh Dear Lord, It Is Way Too Hot Out (Plus Seven Summer Makeup Essentials)


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Dear Summer,

The notion of having you around at first seemed like a great idea, but then I realized that having you around mean having hurricane season around, which also means having to deal with torrential thunderstorms in the afternoons. What happened to being sunny all day, Summer? Look, we all go through rough stuff in our life, but please. Take a Cymbalta or Zoloft. I need some sun. And also be considerate enough to bring your buddy "Cool Breeze" around during the day. On your own, you're way too scorching hot and insufferable. With Cool Breeze, well, you become tolerable again. Without Cool Breeze, my makeup becomes a hot mess, and I generally become sad and disillusioned with the idea of you. Then, to add insult to injury, you throw in an afternoon storm and then we're adding frizzy hair to the mix!

You seem nice and all, but please. Go away. I can't deal with the heat anymore. I like your sibling Autumn better. No offense. It's not you, it's me.



Open letter aside, it is way too stinking hot out. Here are some of my favorite heat-proof essentials that will get you through even the most blistering of days.

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 21


Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had an enjoyable weekend. This weekend, I spent time with my uncle visiting from New York and watched the World Cup. I don't know if you know this, but I'm a recently converted soccer fan. Never got into it until this past week, and I'm basically rooting for any Hispanic country to win. Currently, I'm rooting for Argentina to win it all! Here's to hoping that happens...

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Instead of selecting my "song of the week" like I normally do, I'm instead going to post this absolutely STUNNING and breathtaking short film by Glen Keane. It is beautiful and actually made me emotional. A rare feat! If you don't know who Glen Keane is, he is the animator behind Disney favorites such as The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. I've probably watched this a million times.

Anything exciting happen to you this weekend? Tell me in the comments! Have a great rest of the day!


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